Us – Europe – Germany – the North Americas - and the Afghan Misery
“Austerity” – and other German recipes from economical witchcraft pharmacies for saving and hailing the World - Some more introductive words -2 (Part 1 from yesterday is to be found here)
Facing the misery of other people – perhaps – like in that case - a whole country and then – after deciding to start something as ambitious as “rebuilding that country” and “helping people up –enabling them to help themselves” we first have to look on us – on the state we`re in in that key moment, where others still pretend, that WE have arrived at the “end of history”. The question is – of whose history ?
The Bushists in the US and their allies – their puppets and lapdogs elsewhere already had referred a lot to “thoughts and ideas” of Carl Schmitt (I wouldn’t call him a philosopher – the last great German Philosopher got mad - he got broken by his own despair about his conceptions and – his misgivings already many years before Schmitt). Schmitt instead was called “The Crown Jurist of the Third Reich” 1 . Now with “austerity” another recipe of German origin is spreading its way all over Western countries and their threatened declining economies.
Fact is, that German Neo-Conservatives are reigning with the iron fist of that thwarting recipe since a decade. It’s taken from the lowest drawers with the black skull on yellow ground in their economical witchcraft pharmacy. Now – with the Euro-Crash in front of German political leaders’ ignorant foreheads these recipes get tightened all over the place. Thus, the threat of the collision of this event with multiple other moments we’re facing these days is quite big:
- We’re facing the sizzling Chinese economy getting close to overheating – because of rising inflation the pot has to boil still on high temperature – with the water table bubbling in the pot sinking – soon the pot will be empty and will catch fire.
- Rising inflation in China is causing all those events, the Communist Party leaders are fearing most – the riots, we’re facing these days from many exploited migrant workers in “the Middle Kingdom” 2, which is threatened to loose its core – its center - and
- incredible real estate bubbles 3 bursting there and
- the threat of illiquidity of the US-economy does increase enormously.
- (Not to mention the outburst of rage in the Middle East – and Israel’s backyard war on Gaza this time - which is actually the lighted match these days – and other packed matchboxes and working striking surfaces are moving closer to each other).
- WW 3 ante portas ?
For now arriving at a better understanding of the consequences of “austerity” we have to look at Greece, where the people were forced for the first time now in that pre-crash phase to “tighten their belts” in that way – telling them, that there weren’t any alternatives – mostly by Eurocrits from Brussels – of course – mainly moved into that direction by Berlin and Paris – the main countries of what Donald Rumsfeld called “Old Europe” – and – where they really appreciate Rumsfeld’s quote a lot in their action.
Experienced sociologists and political scientists – even more progressive economists then already emphasized, that for building up these strict saving limits at least five years would be necessary – for doing that in a peaceful manner, without destroying the social basis – the foundations of society and that way causing poverty and maximum exploitation – unrest and – civil war.
The Greeks, the Portuguese, the Spaniards – they all have one thing in common – they deliberated themselves very late from fascist dictatorships in the 1970s – older people are paranoid by the memory of that – most younger people don’t have anything to loose any more anyway. And – the Irish – the most Mediterranean Northerners – (just great people – love them) – they more or less overwhelmed their basic conflict between Catholics and Protestants with “New Economy” rising – after 1989. Thus – people everywhere in these countries have a lot of bad feelings about dictatorships and suppression – but also about unrest and war – all that they still feel in their bones – their memories – their family histories. It frightens many people to death there, that these times could return – perhaps even in a more evil manner.
I won’t mention Italy as another key country here now – that wonderful place where the lemons blossom and its people – I’ll return to that more often later.
Germans - our “leaders” have always in the 20th century followed ideologies to the max - they were the most cruel fascists as nazis, they were the severest and most obedient communists as stasi spies in the East and - nowadays they are the most pretentious “Neo-Liberals” - thinking, that the markets will be ruled by the “Magical Hand” - thus - denying any kind of responsibility for their action - their leadership. And – abusing this lack of transparency caused by that they are erecting their kind of “Mafiagarchy” – a very German kind of that. Thus – they are opening the backspaces for all kind of deals between the political façade and entrepreneurial dictatorship – misinforming people by more and more censored media and – playing the “business as usual” comedy for their citizens. “Everything’s fine” - “everything’s stable” – that’s the leitmotif of that totalitarian message system for people to pay the bills of authoritarian and incapable politicians. Nowadays we’re facing StasiBND 2.011 4 and – we have to prevent StasiBND 2.012 to be prepared these days.
3 Kids in Kabul’s Old Town burning rubbish on a “Maidan area” – urban wasteland caused by the civil war 1990-96, where about 60 % of town got destroyed – especially there in these exposed old quarters.
In Germany salaries are stagnant since more than 10 years. My branch – architecture and urban planning - got already totally destroyed last ten years - in my county – one of the 16 Federal Lands or provinces or states here in Germany 5 we got 17 million inhabitants and as many architects as in the whole of France with 65 million inhabitants. A benefit for “entrepreneurs” (the French word G.W. Bush was missing once) for lowering salaries on deregulated markets since more than a decade.
This development, which now is taking place in many other branches as well continues to destroy the basis of any democratic society - the middle class. And it’s proceeding with an incredibly ignorant force. Most Germans instead are paranoid these days – mostly because of their collective memory, having faced the most accurate and refined ways of erecting dictatorships – many others are just watching and turning around – business as usual – stability – of their currency and their wealth is the reigning principle. Whatever it might cause. Still there’s about ten per cent of the population profiting from the system.
Insofar – what I’m writing here also contains a warning - and an appeal to the people in the US and the UK. The subprime Crisis in 2008 hit man people in your countries hard – much harder than many people here in Central Europe can imagine. Many of you have lost everything and perhaps you just regained a modest kind of wealth and lifestyle again in the last three years. Maybe you just got up on your knees again. Many of your kids instead know, that they don’t have to loose anything – and – they fear, that you – and them soon might get robbed again. And – many people – Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who did their jobs understanding that as a humanitarian act – working there with their own deep faith into Democracy and the values of our countries – people like Bradley Manning 6 - Buddhika Jayamaha, Wesley D. Smith, Jeremy Roebuck, Omar Mora, Edward Sandmeier, Yance T. Gray and Jeremy A. Murphy, the seven who edited “The Iraq War as we see it” four years ago in the NYT 7 or – Mike Prysner 8 – and – I would even add Stan McChrystal here – the dismissed General from Afghanistan, who once was overstretched and then – perhaps with his blood sugar a bit low was trapped with some bad words about DC administrative leaders and a Rolling Stone Reporter catching those up - we all know better - we all have seen – and experienced more - working at and behind the frontlines.
"Austerity" can only be accomplished by tough threats.
We should try to prevent the decline – the destruction of our democracies – together – by all means of civil disobedience – of peaceful protest – until the very end we should take action and unite and fight back – without any arms – just with our physical and mental presence - for creating a better World for our kids – and us – wherever we are – and – wherever we want to be.
4 Girl’s in Kabul’s Old Town – Murad Khane – a quarter – a place, that will be mentioned more often here – the smaller sister of the girl on the right jumping over the fire.
9 http://jackson.yale.edu/general-stanley-mcchrystal-us-army-ret-joins-yale-faculty-senior-fellow-jackson-institute-global-af-0 and - http://www.businessinsider.com/will-america-turn-to-stan-mcchrytsal-2011-8
Images 3 and 4 - photos taken by the author